[ ri-fek-tuh-ree ]
/ rɪˈfɛk tə ri /

noun, plural re·fec·to·ries.

a dining hall in a religious house, a college, or other institution.

Origin of refectory

1475–85; < Late Latin refectōrium, equivalent to Latin refec-, combining form of reficere to renew (see refect) + -tōrium -tory2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (rɪˈfɛktərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun plural -tories

a communal dining hall in a religious, academic, or other institution

Word Origin for refectory

C15: from Late Latin refectōrium, from Latin refectus refreshed
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Word Origin and History for refectory



"dining hall," especially one in a monastery, early 15c., from Medieval Latin refectorium, from past participle stem of reficere "to remake, restore," from re- (see re-) + facere (see factitious).

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